Popular evangelist Chuck Swindoll was speaking on the theme of grace and its relationship to God's will on his radio program "Insight for Livin.," He was looking at material from Paul's letter to the churches of Galatia, and among his textual references for the day was this sobering one from chapter 1:
I noticed it, what at first appeared to be a matted, wadded up piece of spider web, as I started down the back steps. It was hanging from the dryer vent moving just slightly in the breeze. As I reached to pull it away I realized that it was a fragment of leaf attached to a thin twig attached to a larger twig stuffed inside the vent, not just dangling on the edge.
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Gorman of Washington, D.C., announce the engagement of their daughter, Jill Stevens Gorman Blackmon of Hagan, Ga., to Paul Foy Smith, son of Paula Banks Smith and the late Jasper Edmund "Ed" Smith Jr.
The plans have been finalized for the wedding of Jami Teal Barrow and Brian Wayne Newland.
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis K. Cason of Brooklet announce the engagement of their daughter, Thelma Diane "Tootie" of Brooklet, to William A. Hickman, son of Tammy Hurst and Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Hickman.
Sharon Holloway Sowards of Bluffton, S.C., and Mr. and Mrs. Gary and Sarah Sowards of Chelsea, Ala., announce the engagement of their daughter, Susannah Lynn Gooding, to Keary Don Cuebas, son of Mr. and Mrs. Billy and Vicki Lewis of North Augusta, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Jose and Tommette Cuebas of Warner Robins, Ga.
Cynthia Lane Armstrong and Henry Trigg Chaplin were united in marriage on March 24, 2007, at the home of the bride. The Rev. Doug Carpenter officiated the 5 p.m. double ring ceremony.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lane Armstrong of Statesboro announce the engagement of their daughter, Charlotte Elaine, to Michael Wade Elliott, son of the late Donald R. Elliott of Calvert County, Md.
MOSCOW - High-level talks Friday between the United States and Russia failed to bridge major differences over U.S. plans for a missile defense system in Europe and a range of strategic arms issues.
PALO ALTO, Calif. - Former Vice President Al Gore, newly named co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, said Friday he hopes the honor will ''elevate global consciousness'' about the challenges of global warming.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The mighty river delta that supplies water to two-thirds of California's population and serves as one of the most important wildlife habitats on the West Coast is in worse shape than ever despite $4.7 billion in government spending.
MEXICO CITY - An aspiring horror novelist was arrested after police discovered his girlfriend's torso in his closet, a leg in the refrigerator and bones in a cereal box, the city prosecutor's spokesman said Thursday.
LOS ANGELES - Authorities investigating the death of Anna Nicole Smith raided six locations Friday, including the offices and residences of two doctors, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said.
LONDON - Women are just as likely to get an abortion in countries where it is outlawed as they are in countries where it is legal, according to research published Friday.
MARION, Ill. - Bob Shank was in good spirits as he awaited gallstone-removal surgery at a veterans hospital in August, laughing as he handed his wife his false teeth for safekeeping.
Four local schools were among the 609 listed recently as Advanced Placement Honor Schools by State School Superintendent Richard Woods.
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Cold, slushy weather crawled across much of the U.S. on Monday, coating parts of several Southern states in snow, leaving highways dangerously icy in numerous states from New Mexico to Oklahoma to New England, and sending temperatures plunging to 25 to 30 degrees below normal across much of the country.
ATLANTA - The daughter of the lone woman on Georgia's death row is asking the state parole board to grant her mother life in prison instead of the death penalty for plotting to have her father killed - even though she says her dad's death was "the most painful experience of my life."
Eight local businesses were found in violation during alcohol compliance checks conducted Jan. 22 and Feb. 13, police said.
ATLANTA - A panel studying Georgia's rural health issues on Monday recommended a pilot program pairing four hospitals with other providers in their area, creating a "hub and spoke" model aimed at cutting down on expensive emergency room visits to struggling hospitals.
INDIANAPOLIS - The questions were similar, and Dorial Green-Beckham had virtually the same response for each one.
FALL RIVER, Mass. - Two women who cleaned the home of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez testified Monday at his murder trial that they saw guns stashed in three places in his house before the killing.
The World Cup in Qatar keeps provoking outrage and breaking taboos.
PHOENIX - Commissioner Rob Manfred says new rules intended to speed up the pace of games are aimed at luring younger fans to baseball.
One of the greatest challenges in any community is rehabbing and reusing existing buildings. There is a common thought process that it is easier to tear down a building and start over.
MIAMI - The Brooklyn Nets are on pace to finish 34-48 this season.
The Bulloch Academy boys' and girls' basketball teams will be able to stay home for the first round, and possibly second, of the GISA Class AAA basketball tournaments this week.
It was a bumpy buildup to the Daytona 500, which for days was overshadowed by disputes, drama, an injury to Kyle Busch and the suspension of his older brother, Kurt.
TAMPA, Fla. - Alex Rodriguez reported to the New York Yankees three days ahead of schedule. He spoke for 8 1/2 minutes about his season-long drug suspension.